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Force eject a CD in a MacBook

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7878howard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 8, 2012 10:40 AM


I am not able to force eject a CD.....

MacBook, iOS 5.1
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)
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    Apr 8, 2012 10:43 AM (in response to 7878howard)

    Five ways to eject a stuck CD or DVD from the optical drive


    Ejecting the stuck disc can usually be done in one of the following ways:


    1. Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the left mouse button until the disc ejects.


    2. Press the Eject button on your keyboard.


    3. Click on the Eject button in the menubar.


    4. Press COMMAND-E.


    5. If none of the above work try this: Open the Terminal application in your Utilities folder. At the prompt enter or paste the following:


      /usr/bin/drutil eject


    If this fails then try this:


    Boot the computer into Single-user Mode. At the prompt enter the same command as used above. To restart the computer enter "reboot" at the prompt without quotes.

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,335 points)
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    Apr 8, 2012 11:22 AM (in response to 7878howard)


  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)
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    Apr 8, 2012 11:46 AM (in response to 7878howard)

    Then you will need to take it in for service.

  • Dave Stowe Level 5 Level 5 (5,065 points)
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    Apr 8, 2012 11:53 AM (in response to 7878howard)

    The only other thing I can think for you to try after Kappy's advice would be to hold the MacBook upside down while pressing the eject might help postion the offending CD to be ejected........

  • sepehrg Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Jan 3, 2013 5:49 AM (in response to 7878howard)

    open terminal and type:

    drutil tray eject

    if it doesn't work, restart your mac and when appearing apple's logo,press eject button times

  • AMAE2013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 4, 2013 3:32 AM (in response to 7878howard)

    This same thing is happening to my Macbook.  Whatever you do don't bother taking it to an Apple Store for help.

    I dropped mine off for repair for this reason and the back battery eject lever is broken.  I was their for 1 hr and the tech had my computer out back for 45 minutes before they let me go.


    They said it would take 1 wk to replace the optic driver and repair switch. I bought a back up drive so they could back it up because they could not promise data would not be lost.  They said this would add 1 day to the repair.


    They called me yesterday to say they found RUST inside my computer (which has never been wet).  So they would need to send it out and have ALL OF THE COMPONENTS of my computer tested.  And anything they deemed not working would need to be replaced.  Now the ONLY thing not working in my computer is the eject on the CD/DVD player.   I asked them to email the pictures of this as I was at work. They refused.  They said legally they could not email me pictures of what is going on in my computer.   They had my computer for 4 days and now wanted to send it somewhere to an "Apple repair center".  They know this is a work computer that I use daily at work.


    I went to pick it up because the whole thing seems fishy to me.  They said somewhere else may be able to just replace the Optic Driver without sending it out,etc.  They again refused to give me pictures about  what they were talking about.  We will show you on our Ipad only.  The manager tried to give me her business card and when I did not want it got irritated and annoyed.  I'm not sure what her business card was going to do for the situation.


    DO NOT TAKE YOU REPAIRS TO THE APPLE STORE.  They will try everything they can to complicate anything going on!  To top it off  they opened the computer and were trying to start the repair.


    The back up drive I bought in their store was NEVER opened.  They opened it up without backing up my data!  And there was dirt all over my screen when I opened it in the store.  It was clean when I dropped it off.


    Good luck with your eject issue.

  • gopxi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 6:14 PM (in response to Kappy)

    option 5 worked like a charm..  Thank you... 

  • moward5204 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 19, 2013 5:25 PM (in response to 7878howard)

    I tried all these post and the only thing that worked was force quiet by holding down the power button and on reboot, held down the eject botton.  I am sure these are not the best options, but I did not realize that I put a Karaoke disk in.

  • violets69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 1, 2013 6:29 PM (in response to 7878howard)

    Applications>Disk Utility

    If you can see the title of CD or DVD that is stuck in the drive, highlight it, then click the eject button in the top toolbar.

    If you can't see the title of the CD or DVD, close the lid of your macbook and reopen it. Sometimes this forces it to load so you can use the on-screen eject button.

  • mikokatsun Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2013 8:59 PM (in response to 7878howard)

    I have this problem with my macbook pro. I have to shake the **** out of it to get it to eject. I am not kidding, hold it on it's side, and press eject (or terminal ->  /usr/bin/drutil eject) and then shake it up and down. Disc comes out pretty fast then, so be ready.

  • Arjun519 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 11, 2014 10:17 PM (in response to sepehrg)


  • Bonded4life Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 8, 2014 11:35 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Option 5 was excellent, thank you.

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